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Hampshire governor awarded for outstanding service

Friday, 18 July 2014

A Hampshire resident has been recognised for outstanding service as a school governor.

John Mason is standing down after serving the county as a governor at The Mountbatten School in Romsey for 26 years. To mark this achievement, and Hampshire County Council's appreciation, he was recently presented with a 'Certificate for Outstanding Service' by the Council's Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar.

The presentation took place at a recent Schools Forum meeting, held in Ashburton Hall at the County Council's headquarters. Councillor Edgar said: "The dedication of our school governors is something that I am very proud of in Hampshire. They make an enormous contribution to the quality of children's education in this county.

"Governors play a vital role and dedicate much of their free time willingly without remuneration and people often forget that behind the scenes there is a governing body both supporting and challenging a school to maintain high standards in education. Ofsted reports continue to show that Hampshire's schools are among the best in the country and that is thanks, not only to the commitment and hard work of our school staff but also to the unique contribution made by governors."

John said: "This award means a great deal to me. The time has come for me to relinquish some of my commitments but I can honestly say that I have very much enjoyed the time that I have served as a school governor and as a secondary school governor representative. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to have been part of the education team which has enabled so many children to develop, achieve and go on to fulfilling lives."

During almost three decades as a governor, John has had a variety of governing roles, including 18 years as the Chair of the Staffing Committee at The Mountbatten School and serving for the past 15 years as a representative of the Hampshire Governors' Association.

Hampshire has more than 450 governing bodies with about 7,000 governors who play a crucial role in the strategic direction of schools, representing the interests of the general public in the way a school is run and the educational standards that pupils achieve.

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a school governor can email county.governor.services@hants.gov.uk telephone 01962 845706 or visit www.hants.gov.uk/governors.

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